looks like the inheritor of the Missouri Valley crown. Cleo Littleton heads a veteran team that plays its home games in a 4,100-seat arena. The arena is sold out for this entire season and has been since last spring. Basketball-happy Wichita fans, who won't be able to see their team, are looking toward next year. A field house seating close to 12,000 will have been built by then. The Big Seven promises a close race.
are the favorites. Among the independents behind
there is NOTRE DAME.
There just doesn't seem to be a powerhouse in the cow country or the desert this year, TCU and SMU can be expected to battle it out for the Southwest Conference crown Rice and Texas shared last year. BAYLOR can be expected to make it close. TEXAS TECH. last year's Border Conference championship club, should win again.
The Mountain states are usually grouped with the Southwest and amid the Mountains two teams want one title,
is a sound choice for the Skyline Conference crown and
is just as sound a choice to be a pretender.
THE FAR WEST
Two new coaches have hit the Coast this year but it's doubtful that either will open with a champion. Howie Dallmar at
, after a hitch at Penn, has a team that offers ample opportunity to utilize his coaching talents. Pete Newell, who served in the Big Ten after a successful career at San Francisco, has moved to
. He has a team with Bob McKeen and he has hopes.
But Johnny Wooden, a veteran of six years at UCLA, has the club of power and balance. "We're expecting to get a good boost from football," a UCLA basketball man explained. "We think that winning spirit will carry us along."
is probably the only team in the country with two seven-footers. Swede Halbrook is seven feet three inches; Phil Shadoin is an even seven feet. Naturally, Oregon State is a favorite in the Pacific Coast Conference's Northern Division, as UCLA is in the South. Oregon State is not a national standout.
In the California Basketball Association,
, with Ken Sears, shapes up as the strongest team.
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